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High School Basketball Roundup 02.12.14


↑  Concord First Assembly girls’ defense: Eagles held Hickory Grove to four points in the third quarter, while scoring 20. First Assembly, which led by a point at halftime, got 13 rebounds from Elanna Peay and won 61-46.

↑  Kayla Brown, Mallard Creek girls: Game-high 19 points in a 58-39 win over North Mecklenburg.

↑  Butler: Bulldogs got 21 points from RaeQuan Scott, 17 from Orlando Robinson and 13 from Artur Labinowicz to beat rival Independence 62-55 and win the Southwestern 4A Conference title. Butler is 21-1, 11-1. Independence, which got 14 each from Justin Boyce and Marcus Thomas, is 8-15, 4-7.

↑  SouthLake Christian girls PG Asia Washington: 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a 58-36 win over Gaston Day this week.

Thursday’s Top Performers

Ebuka Izundu, Victory Christian: 21 points, 17 rebounds, four blocks in a 84-38 win over United Faith in the SPAA semifinals. Ty Gadsden added 22 points, 13 assists and five steals, playing against his father, Gary Gadsden, who is head coach at United Faith. Victory’s Brent Davis had 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Daniel Jones, Charlotte Latin: 19 points, 13 rebounds in a 77-44 win over Covenant Day.

Kelsi Mahoney, Robinson girls: 18 points, 17 rebounds in a 54-40 win over West Charlotte.

Derek McKnight, Gaston Day: 18 points, five assists to spark 62-58 upset of Concord First Assembly in MAC semifinals. Gaston Day plays at Northside Christian in Friday’s 7:30 p.m. final.

Eleah Parker, Northside Christian girls: 23 points, 12 rebounds, seven blocks in 63-14 win over SouthLake Christian.

Zaria Wright, Concord First Assembly girls: 34 points, six assists, five steals, four rebounds, two blocks in 61-46 win over Hickory Grove in the MAC semifinals. First Assembly plays at Northside Christian in Friday’s 5:30 p.m. final.

Thursday’s Roundup

No. 2 Providence Day 62, No. 16 Charlotte Christian 54: The Chargers led 32-16 at halftime but struggled at the free throw line late as Christian made three straight 3-point shots in the third quarter to get close. Josh Howard (18 points, six rebounds) and Grant Williams (16 points, seven rebounds) led Providence Day (24-4, 10-0), which finished its second straight season unbeaten in CISAA play. Providence Day has won 28 of its last 29 conference games and haven’t lost to a Mecklenburg County team since Feb. 5, 2013.

The Chargers will play next Thursday in the N.C. Independent Schools 3A semifinals, making their 20th straight postseason appearance, the longest current streak of any CISAA school.

No. 8 North Mecklenburg 94, Mallard Creek 46: The Vikings ran out to a 51-19 halftime lead and cruised behind 24 points from Taj Middleton, 19 from CJ Bryce and 12 from Davion Mintz. North Meck finished in a second place tie in the MECKA 8 with Robinson. West Charlotte, which beat Robinson 62-50 on the road Thursday, won the league title.

Northside Christian 62, SouthLake Christian 37: Northside advanced to the MAC tournament finals with 18 points from Rayjon Tucker and 17 from Lysander Bracey. The Knights led 18-4 after the first quarter and 39-14 at halftime.

A.L. Brown 57, Hopewell 54: Hopewell outscored Brown 19-9 in the fourth quarter but the rally fell short. Jaylon Neal led Brown with 17 points. Tre Faison, Raquon Houston and Jeremiah Smalls each had 12 for Hopewell.

Lake Norman 58, Mooresville 53: Lake Norman (15-8, 13-1) polished off its North Piedmont championship against its arch rival behind 28 points from David Scott and 14 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks from 6-9 center Hunter Seacat.

Carmel Christian girls 39, Hickory Christian 26: Senior Sarah Thomsen had 19 points and two steals in a SPAA tournament semifinal win. Madison Colbert had 11 points. Carmel will face Victory Christian at United Faith in Friday’s 5:30 p.m. final.

Charlotte Latin girls 49, Covenant Day 30: Cydne Pennington had 21 points to lead the Hawks to an easy win. Covenant Day managed only 10 points in the first half.